Various Forms of Venus Flytraps

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The various forms of the Venus Fly Trap plant are easy to distinguish, learn how to care for carnivorous plants in this free video. View Video Transcript

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Wes Major

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Hi my name is Wes on behalf of Expert, and in this video segment I am going to show you how to grow the Venus fly trap. If you want to know more about carnivorous plants and Venus fly traps, you can visit us at In this video segment, I am going to talk to you about the various forms of the flytrap. In the wild, the Venus fly trap only grows in one small area naturally in North and South Carolina. In cultivation, there are about 12 different forms of the flytrap. In the wild however, there is a lot of different variation between the form and color of this plant. In cultivation, these different variations have been selectively bred to bring out very different types of characteristics. We can see this in the three main types of flytraps that you will find in cultivation. These include the typical fly trap, the Dentata and the Akai Ryu fly trap. Here we have the typical fly trap. It is characterized mostly by its long thin teeth, and by the fact that it can have this nice red hue inside of its traps. Over here we have the Dentata fly trap. This is characterized by shorter more triangular teeth. It is best seen when you compare it to the typical fly trap. You can really see the difference between the two forms. The next form we have is the Akai Ryu fly trap, which actually mean red dragon in Japanese. The most distinct characteristic of this form is the bright red hue that this trap takes on when it is exposed to plenty of sunlight. You can also see that it has the long teeth that the typical fly trap also has.